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Reform efforts keep momentum as Gen. Perna visits ASC

Reform efforts keep momentum as Gen. Perna visits ASC

Story by Kevin Fleming on 02/28/2019

Rock Island Arsenal, Ill. Gen. Gus Perna, commanding general, U.S. Army Materiel Command, discussed the synchronization of the Army materiel enterprise during a second-quarter update with leaders at the U.S. Army Sustainment Command, here, Feb. 26.

Over the past year, AMC has changed drastically, with reorganization efforts occurring in several major headquarters across AMC. The list of AMC’s major subordinate commands has also changed significantly, including the realignment of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command under AMC effective March 1.

“This shouldn’t be news to anyone here, but big things have been happening in AMC,” Perna said to ASC leadership.

Perna discussed his vision of reform, emphasizing the importance of keeping it aligned with the Army Chief of Staff’s priority of “Readiness” and the Secretary of the Army’s focus on modernization. He said the goal is to prepare the Army material enterprise for large-scale, multi-domain, ground combat operations.

The update included a discussion about the way forward for several of ASC’s missions and initiatives, including the command’s role in helping to connect IMCOM with AMC.

“There will be more things occurring in collaboration with IMCOM,” Perna said.

Helping to increase the mobility of brigade combat teams was another topic of the meeting.

Perna said the key to increasing BCT material readiness is for them to deploy with the necessary supplies and equipment defined on their Authorized Stockage Lists. Having enhanced the readiness of the BCTs by providing them with new mobile containers last year, Perna said ASC should move forward with organizing supplies to support the BCT’s new internal capabilities in the field.

Perna also discussed his vision for Army Prepositioned Stocks in the case of rapid deployments.

With the correct and timely support from APS, “any unit going to war will cross the line of departure with all their essential items,” he said.

Maj. Gen. Duane Gamble, commanding general, ASC, highlighted his efforts to better organize the command’s Army Reserve Element. He said he wants the ASC-ARE to be an independently deployable unit instead of just a labor pool for the command.

Gamble said this ASC-driven reform effort will help increase material readiness in case of global conflict.

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